"And not only so, but we glory in tribulation also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience." Romans 8:3
In 1959, I served in the Army, stationed in Taiwan. The people of Taiwan faced a civil war; we were there to help out. One of their common sayings was, "No problem, GI". No matter what you wanted, the response was, "No problem, GI". The Bible says the same thing to us as believers in Jesus Christ. We have no problems, only teachers and revealers of truth. Nothing is too hard or too difficult unless we believe it and call it so. It is a challenge for you to say out loud, "I have no problems and I've made no mistakes in the past"? It is our potential to live a no problem lifestyle and to live in a high level, walking in His Spirit.
Faith Statements (Romans 8:1-3)
1. I am justified by faith (vs. 1). Justified means you have had your judgment by God and because of Jesus, you are declared 'not guilty'. Justification is as though you have never sinned. I not only believe I am justified, but I say it to be so. I am justified; I am accepted; I am forgiven; I am empowered; I am gifted.
2. I have peace through God through the Lord Jesus Christ (vs. 1). When you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, something shifts inside your inner being. You have an inner peace. Peace is a gift from God all of the time if you stay aware of it. Do not 'try' to have peace. Declare that you have peace now; peace is your power to live.
3. Because of Jesus, I have access into His grace by faith (vs. 2). This is a mystery and the challenge of faith. It seems normal to look at your behavior and believe God looks at your behavior the same way. Focusing on what is right and what is wrong creates the drive to fix and improve on whatever is lacking. This is opposite of grace and faith. Grace is never earned nor deserved, but it is a gift from God. Grace shifts your perception from lack to what has already been provided through Jesus Christ. When you say, "Thank you Lord for my provision of health, strength, energy and sufficiency for all things; I receive it now", you are saying what you want like you already have it... this is faith.
4. I rejoice in hope of the glory of God (vs. 2). Glory is the result of God at work; His glory in you is an inside job. "That he would grant (has given) you, (strength by His Spirit on the inside) according to the riches of His glory..." (Ephesians 3:16). "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints" (Ephesians 1:18). All things are possible; I have what I say; every need is met; every desire is fulfilled. This is what I rejoice in!
5. I glory in tribulation, knowing that it works patience in me (vs. 3). Tribulation is life; it is not just what you think are hard times. Life challenges you to constantly adjust your attitude toward situations, circumstances, people, delays, setbacks or events. You can observe, adapt and overcome any circumstance through Jesus Christ. It is the little things in every day life that challenge your attitude and your response when plants don't go your way. True worshippers of God are walking in His Spirit and truth (John 4:23). I am not worshipping God by what I do, but I am a true worshipper by walking in His Spirit and truth. I now choose my attitude of joy, peace and faith for every situation.
Results of Choosing the Right Attitude
1. Patience. Patience is another word for the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within. Do not 'try' to be patient. Rather, release Him to be your patience (Romans 15:5). Human patience does not have much strength, nor is it reliable or lasting.
2. Experience. The more often you hold your perception and profession on 'life as your teacher', the more experience you have in seeing God at work.
3. Experience keeps hope alive. Living hope is a key for the fountain of youth.
Keys to the Attitude... "No Problem"
1. Use your name calling ability based on God's Word, no matter what! I call my attitude for this day blessed and highly favored. I call every surprise, delay or setback another opportunity to walking in the Spirit.
2. God's Word says you are a true worshipper who walks in the Spirit and in the truth (John 4:23-24). I live life as a true worshipper.
3. Romans 8:28 is always in God's Word; it is meant for you!
Thanks be to Jesus Christ whose grace is forever!